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October 16, 2009

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  1. October 16, 2009 4:20 pm

    Well, currently I am listening to Nathaniel Parker read Thomas Hardy’s, Far From the Madding Crowd. There was a very interesting passage that I shall come back and grace you kind readers with, whether you want it or not!. HA!

    • October 16, 2009 4:51 pm

      As far as could be learnt it appeared that the poor young dog, still under the impression that since he was kept for running after sheep, the more he ran after them the better, had at the end of his meal off the dead lamb, which may have given him additional energy and spirits, collected all the ewes into a corner, driven the timid creatures through the hedge, across the upper field, and by main force of worrying had given them momentum enough to break down a portion of the rotten railing, and so hurled them over the edge. George’s [a dog] son had done his work so thoroughly that he was considered too good a workman to live, and was in fact, taken and tragically shot at twelve o’clock that same day — another instance of the untoward fate which so often attends dogs and other philosophers who follow out a train of reasoning to its logical conclusion, and attempt perfectly consistent conduct in a world made up so largely of compromise.

      Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd.

  2. Mary Sunshine permalink
    October 16, 2009 4:37 pm

    Currently I’m eating Del Monte Summer Crisp Whole
    Kernel Corn right out of the can. I hope I never have to cook again in my whole life.

    • October 16, 2009 4:38 pm

      LOL!

      Mary I should start a fundraiser, to buy you a plane ticket, for you to come and eat Thanksgiving dinner with us. It will be hot, good, and filling. And you and I can point and laugh at many things.

  3. Mary Sunshine permalink
    October 16, 2009 4:43 pm

    But Kitty, will you have to cook it?

    😐

  4. Mary Sunshine permalink
    October 16, 2009 5:01 pm

    OK, back to business. Here we have:

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/straying-rapists-sent-back-to-prison-20091016-h14u.html

    And (oh my! ….)

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/one-of-was-worst-sexual-offenders-20091016-h0uy.html

    … he was preying on young males.

    • October 16, 2009 5:18 pm

      The court was told the victims were either drunk when Lim – who was described as “callous” and “narcissistic” – offered to take them home, or he would supply them with more alcohol when he was in their company.

      And no mention of it being the victims’ fault since they were drunk. Funny how when men are raped, the rapists is “callous” and “narcissistic,” and when women are raped by men, they are sluts, whores, and asking for it. Amazing.

  5. October 16, 2009 5:23 pm

    American ‘abortion addict’ reveals she terminated 15 pregnancies in 17 years

    Of course the commenters are crucifying her. Still not a peep of outrage about all those female fetuses aborted because they were/are not male.

  6. October 16, 2009 5:36 pm

    Still not a peep of outrage about all those female fetuses aborted because they were/are not male.

    Oh, no, of course not. That’ll keep going on until the earth spins off its axis. But dare to even mention the idea of doing the same to male fetuses and neonates and you’ll be strung up for even letting the words pass your lips. It’s actually being done to females, but we can’t even have a conversation about it happening to males.

    The same happens with regard to just about every other facet of oppression. We can ban black women, dissociate from them completely, refuse even to tell other black women where that exiled black woman can be found – but the second anyone even voices the idea that perhaps, if it is done to black women who oppose racist-sexism, it might also be done to racist white women, why, how *dare* anyone *ever* suggest that what happens to black women routinely just for their speaking up might be better inflicted on white women racists. No, that’s just too horrible to even *talk* about, even if only to hash out the hypocrisy. Be still your tongue.

    • aladydivine permalink
      October 16, 2009 9:11 pm

      We can ban black women, dissociate from them completely, refuse even to tell other black women where that exiled black woman can be found – but the second anyone even voices the idea that perhaps, if it is done to black women who oppose racist-sexism, it might also be done to racist white women, why, how *dare* anyone *ever* suggest that what happens to black women routinely just for their speaking up might be better inflicted on white women racists. No, that’s just too horrible to even *talk* about, even if only to hash out the hypocrisy. Be still your tongue.

      Oh no, but of COURSE this cannot be permitted to happen! What’s wrong with you? Why the hell should white women accept being treated, or accept any suggestion that they be treated, as black women are treated? The ‘black bitch’ hunt SHOULD happen, especially when said “black bitch” is acting like an aggressive, entitled MAN. Especially if said “black bitch” is refusing to mammy a white woman, especially if said “black bitch” will without hesitation call out white women’s fuckery and foolishness and racism, and white privilege abuse! Well such a “black bitch” is raging at white women and MUST. BE. STOPPED. AT. ALL. COSTS. She must be silenced, and the last words allowed must be from a fucking RACIST which completely misappropriates her voice, experiences, and RIGHT to assert her intersecting oppressions/identities as being VALID unto themselves.

      Indeed, be still your tongue.

  7. October 16, 2009 5:38 pm

    No Bond For Man Who Shot Stepdaughter’s Boyfriend

    Of course not. They would have only sympathized with the stepfather if he was accused of raping his stepdaughter.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      October 16, 2009 6:21 pm

      Bingo !

      Yeah, I saw that one. I was wondering, “what’s wrong with this picture?”

  8. October 19, 2009 3:03 am

    Demise is right. I haven’t even read what Daisy has to say yet and I know demise is the correct word. No body truly interested in saving a magazine would have published the ridiculous statement that Karla Mantilla published. Let me sum it up, “I hate you, really really hate you, —but not because you are black.” That Karla sounds a whole bunch like that other thang (She who must not be named).

  9. Mary Sunshine permalink
    October 19, 2009 11:42 am

    Yeah. It’s in its death throes. Death throes are rarely pretty.

  10. October 19, 2009 4:38 pm

    Thing is, I can’t figure out what Celie did to Karla. Facebook fights? WHAT? How did these Facebook fights have anything to do w/Karla? Some of my best friends like to fight on Facebook! (haha)

    But seriously, so what?

    She has no EVIDENCE of anything bad that Celie did, besides annoy her by being Celie.

    That is how you know its racism.

    Also, exactly what did Celie SAY on Facebook? Likely, called out the white women and Karla felt implicated by things Celie said about white women. Karla announces, “Celie picked the Facebook fights”–again, so what? If you pick fights on Facebook, this has nothing to do with me.

    Unless the Facebook fights are about behaviors I engage in and defend, then I might take them personally.

    • aladydivine permalink
      October 19, 2009 6:44 pm

      Thing is, I can’t figure out what Celie did to Karla. Facebook fights? WHAT? How did these Facebook fights have anything to do w/Karla? Some of my best friends like to fight on Facebook! (haha)

      That’s because Karla, like other white women thus far, is grasping at anything she can to attempt to discredit Celie. See, we just cannot have ppl believing a black woman when she tells others about our racism, so of course, because whiteness MUST prevail, attack her, discuss anything we can, however childish, to paint her as crazy, dangerous, immature, etc etc. Karla even goes as far as to inform everyone that not everyone typing on a blog is doing so honestly or in the best interests of “the truth.” Cause you know, white women’s “truth” is THE TRUTH, a black woman saying we treated her like a second class citizen? Not the truth, just the comments of a crazy, and dangerous person.

      The worst of all was when they sent out Angie, the only “woc” in the collective, to say that Celie had NPD… how fucked up was that?

      Spot on DD. Spot on. This reference to facebook fights was to make it look like Celie is just an aggressive black woman (not racist sexism at ALL btw) who went after poor unsuspecting “innocent” white women. What a damn crime…

  11. October 19, 2009 5:23 pm

    Yeah, I think most white women think it better to simply blow dog whistles than to actually get into the way they’re offended by black women suggesting they support black-owned businesses, or whatever. No one can convince me that Celie speaking out in support of those struggling bookstores wasn’t the beginning of the end for her. Black women are only ever tolerated insofar as they agree only to advocate for the people and issues white women have already decided are important.

    Thanks for your in-depth analysis of the racism at Off Our Backs, Daisy.

    Still not on-board with prostitution and trannification, though, in case folks were wondering. It’s amazing that some people need to be told that explicitly 😛

    • October 19, 2009 5:33 pm

      Still not on-board with prostitution and trannification, though, in case folks were wondering. It’s amazing that some people need to be told that explicitly.

      I know, and I already told Daisy that as well. She seems to have the sense to take the disagreements with the agreements. Apparently we are demonized by others because we are not on board with prostitution and trannificaiton, but, those others could care less that we would have to endure their male-coddling, male-apologizing, male-loving, male-centering, male-first, male-male-male-male-male-male shit, just to participate in any other topic they may present that we may agree with or want to discuss. We have to sacrifice, but there is no sacrifice on their part, because you know, their part benefits men.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      October 19, 2009 7:39 pm

      Whoa, Kitty! 😀 😀 You’re on a roll. *round of applause*.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      October 19, 2009 10:18 pm

      Well tisk tisk Kitty, what are you talking about sacrifice? You should be honored that the males would accept your presence, you undeserving, ungrateful thing. You should be groveling at their feet, sucking their dicks, begging to let your sorry ass into their hallowed fold!

      Grr.

  12. October 21, 2009 4:41 am

    Another gem from Hardy’s, Far From the Madding Crowd:

    As usual with decided characters, Bathsheba invariably provoked the criticism of individuals like Henery Fray. Her emblazoned fault was to be too pronounced in her objections, and not sufficiently overt in her likings. We learn that it is not the rays which bodies absorb, but those which they reject, that give them the colours they are known by; and in the same way people are specialized by their dislikes and antagonisms, whilst their goodwill is looked upon as no attribute at all.

  13. October 21, 2009 5:11 am

    I’m up for a new picture for this Friday’s open thread. If you find one, feel free to share.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      October 21, 2009 12:33 pm

      How about:

      fireplace

  14. Mary Sunshine permalink
    October 21, 2009 12:36 pm

    Wait a minute, forget the above link (it is a set of pictures of second degree burns),

    Use this one:

    fireplace
  15. Mary Sunshine permalink
    October 22, 2009 7:39 pm

    OK, this is *way* off topic, but this has me ROTFL:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/714269–norway-publishes-all-tax-returns-online

    😀 😀 😀

  16. October 22, 2009 8:34 pm

    “The children of people with low wages are being teased about it in the schools,” Stordrange said Thursday.

    As if they weren’t already being teased about not having the latest gadget or wearing the latest fashion.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      October 22, 2009 8:54 pm

      Ah yes, secrecy for the rich is needed to protect the *poor*.

      😐

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